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Avocados Australia Guacamole 13 December 2019
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Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas

Chile report released

The Australian Government has today published its final report for the import risk analysis for fresh avocados from Chile. Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas says the next step for Chile will be to establish workable quarantine protocols, and while there is no timeframe for that process as yet, access could be achieved as early as 2021. Click here for the government’s final report.

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Fire recovery takes time

Several avocado growers on the eastern seaboard have been impacted by the ongoing bushfire crisis. With assistance from America’s Dr Ben Faber, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Simon Newett has collated advice for both fire preparation and fire recovery for avocado growers.

Read the industry's 2018/19 Facts at a Glance here

Australians smashing more avo than ever

The Australian avocado industry has received some positive news, with domestic consumers lifting their avocado consumption to 3.8 kilograms per person, per year. “Avocado production in Australia also increased, climbing to 85,546 tonnes in 2018/19, compared to 77,032t in 2017/18,” Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas says.

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Aussies love their avos

In addition to being a nutrient-rich whole food that contains energy, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals; the green gold has also been found to support growth and brain development in infants, decrease the chances of developing cardiovascular disease and can support better weight management in adults, according to recently published papers in the journal Nutrients.

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Vacancy: Avocado Market Development Manager

Avocados Australia will soon appoint a new staff member to ensure the collective industry activities to grow domestic demand are leveraged to achieve maximum impact.The three key areas of focus will be quality, supply dynamics and promotion. Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas says the role will initially be a one-year full-time contract, but the goal is to secure a long-term project. Know someone who would be perfect? Applications are open now.

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Avocado for the ultimate entertaining platter

Leading dietician Lyndi Cohen, who worked with Australian Avocados for this year’s Avotherapy events in Sydney, shared the ultimate avocado entertaining platter with reads of The Senior this week. Click here for the article, which also discusses the benefits of eating avocados and how to choose and store them. Australian Avocados marketing activities are managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

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Did you miss one of this year’s extension events?

Presentations and event summaries prepared by the Queensland Department of Primary Industries are available in the Best Practice Resource Library, under the Event Proceedings heading. You will find all the materials from the Western Australian, Central NSW, TriState and North Queensland events, and the presentations from the Tamborine/Northern Rivers and Central Queensland events.

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Australian Government sets up ag labour committee. 11/12/19.

A new National Agricultural Labour Advisory Committee has been tasked with providing the government with advice on how to secure a sustainable agricultural workforce for the future. Read more.

Hort Innovation releases podcast season two. 10/12/19.

Season two of Hort Innovation’s Growing Matters podcast has been released with episodes on how to access and use industry, retail and consumer data and insights, starting out or strengthening your export game, what you need to know about the future of pollination in Australia, and harnessing the power of good fats in horticultural produce. Listen here.

New body wants to double value of fresh produce. 9/12/19.

The Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) has announced its goals to grow the fresh produce industry in value, from AU$9bn to AU$20bn by 2030. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.

Avocados high value to Queensland’s Tablelands. 9/12/19.

The avocado industry is the most valuable to the Tablelands, worth $173 million annually. The Tablelands district produced 27% of Australia's avocados in the last two years, outputting an average of 23,200 tonnes of the fruit annually. Read more in the North Queensland Register.

Drought, hail and now fire impacts Pretty Gully orchard. 8/12/19.

New South Wales avocado grower Colin Foyster has lost an estimated 1,000 trees in fires over the weekend. Read more from ABC North Coast.

New Ag department for Australia. 5/12/19.

As part of a plan to cut the number of Australian Government departments from 18 to 14, Australia will now have the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. Read more at the ABC.

World first glyphosate resistance in the Ord. 2/12/19.

A tropical weed, a barnyard grass, in Western Australia’s Ord region has been found to “eat glyphosate”. Glyphosate is the world’s most frequently used herbicide. Read more in the ABC.

WA: freak weather hits crops. 29/11/19.

Manjimup avocado grower Vic Grozotis says the damage done to next year’s avocado harvest from unseasonably cold overnight temperatures in November won’t be known until February. Read more in the West Australian.

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Mexico to focus on quality & traceability. 11/12/19.

Fresh Fruit Portal (link) reports APEAM has formed a new group to focus on quality and traceability, working with the Mexican government. APEAM also has a framework to increase productivity, from 10 tons/ha to 18 tons/ha. Read more in Fresh Plaza.

Apeel-treated avocados in European market. 9/12/19.

Apeel Sciences and European produce supplier Nature’s Pride have announced that Apeel avocados are now on store shelves in Europe. Apeel Sciences developed an edible plant-derived peel, applied by solution, that slows down spoilage and reduces food waste throughout the supply chain. Read more in The Packer.

NZ diversifying markets. 4/12/19.

NZ Avocado chief executive Jen Scoular says they are aware Australian domestic volumes are increasing, so they are focusing on their strategic plan to diversify volumes into the Asian market. Read more from Rural News Group.

Peru ramps up fruit fly control. 3/12/19.

Nine regions of Peru will be free from fruit fly by 2023 according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri), as it intensifies efforts to eradicate the disease in order to boost the country’s horticultural exports. Read more in Eurofruit.

UK: Waitrose re-releases Easter avocado for Christmas. 3/12/19.

Supermarket giant Waitrose has given its chocolate avocado Easter Egg a sparkly makeover for Christmas. The avocado-shaped treat was the store's fastest selling Easter egg last year and flew off the shelves. Read more in the Daily Mail UK.

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Taste Australia promotes avocados in Japan

Taste Australia promotes avocados in Japan

As part of increased international marketing of Australian avocados, a special Hort Innovation Taste Australia activity was held in Tokyo, Japan this week. As part of the activity, up to 90 Japanese importers took part in a seminar on avocado seasonal availability, with product sampling sessions and relevant Taste Australia marketing materials. Australian Avocados’ marketing manager Matthew Dwyer was in Japan for the event.


Draft export bill introduced to parliament. 11/12/19.

The Australian Government says a draft of a Bill introduced to parliament – the Export Control Bill 2019 – is designed to strengthen the competitiveness and productivity of Australian agriculture. Read more in Food&Beverage and click here for links to the Bill.

Plant Export – holiday closure periods for Ag department. 10/11/19.

The department's Canberra offices and some regional offices will be closed for the Christmas holiday period from Wednesday, 25 December 2019, reopening on Thursday morning, 2 January 2020. Click here for full details for the Assessment Services Group (Exports), EXDOC & MICoR, and authorised officer services.

Cost recovery consultation extended for exporters. 10/12/19.

The Australian Government has extended its consultation period for the draft Plant Export Cost Recovery Statement (CRIS) until 10 January 2020. The Department is revising its export cost recovery arrangements. Read more.

Philippines accesses Chinese market. 10/12/19.

China has approved imports of Hass avocados from the Philippines, which will join Mexico, Chile, Peru, New Zealand, Kenya in the market. Philippine avocado exports totalled only US$1.2m last year. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.

Colombia’s first China shipment this week. 4/12/19.

Colombia also recently entered into the Japanese market and is currently looking to expand to South Korea. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.


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Check your diaries!

Festive season closure

This is your last edition of the Guacamole for 2019. The Avocados Australia office will close on the afternoon of Friday, 20 December for the Christmas break. We will be back on Monday, 6 January for another year of avocado goodness!



21 Dec – Avocados Australia closes for 2019


6 Jan – Avocados Australia office reopens for 2020
10-13 Mar – Foodex Japan 2020, Makuhari Messe, Chiba
15-17 Jun – Hort Connections, Brisbane Q
21-24 Jun – Australasian Plant Breeding Conference, Gold Coast Q
22 Spt – Asiafruit Congress, Hong Kong
23-25 Spt – Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong

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Guacamole has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the avocado research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.